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Double demerits to help road safety

By Kevin Kelly

Road safety is moving to the top of the agenda for police across Western Australia over the coming days, as double demerits will be issued to anyone breaking the law.

The clampdown will ensure you stay safe as you travel from your real estate in Bunbury to see friends and family over Christmas and New Year.

"If you are doing something stupid, dangerous or irresponsible on our roads over the coming weeks, there is every chance police will catch you and with double demerits you could easily lose your licence," said police and road safety minister Liza Harvey.

The safety drive got underway on 19 December and will run through until 4 January, during which time road users will be put under the spotlight more than usual.

Last Christmas, officers in WA saw an average of 22 motorists a day being caught over the drink driving limit, with a total of 389 people stopped over the course of 17 days.

Drivers are reminded that even if they have been drinking the night before, they could still be over the limit the following morning.

"So when you see the police out over the holidays don't curse them, thank them. They are not out to ruin Christmas. They are out to save lives," added Ms Harvey.

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